[eagle] THE TALKING DOG
rjansson at cfl.rr.com
Wed Nov 28 16:08:12 PST 2007
I'm wondering if we can recruit this dog to help us in the satellite design
Dick Jansson, KD1K
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<mailto:kd1k at arrl.net> kd1k at arrl.net
While driving around the back woods of East Texas, on one back roads I saw a
sign in front of a broken down shanty-style house: "Talking Dog for Sale."
Well I needed a break so I stopped to see what the deal was. I went into the
backyard and see a nice looking Labrador retriever sitting there.
"You talk?" I ask. "Yep," the Lab replies. Well after I got over the shock
of hearing a dog talk, I asked "So, what's your story?" "
Ah shucks there ain't much to tell. Is that a VUU screwdriver antenna on
your truck out there?"
"How did you know that," I ask?
The Lab looks up and says, "Well, I'm a ham radio operator. I got my Ticket
when I was a young pup and in no time at all I had my 5 band DXCC in Phone
and CW. The CIA heard about me and asked me to do some spy work for them. I
would hang around the communications centers and with my keen hearing I
could copy the transmissions. Because no one figured a dog would be
eavesdropping, I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years."
Copying high speed CW all day really tired me out and I knew I wasn't
getting any younger. So, I decided to settle down. I retired from the CIA (8
dog years is 56 CIA years) and joined a ham radio club. In fact I won first
place in the Oklahoma OSO Party two years in a row. Then I had a mess of
puppies and got away from Ham Radio for a while. I sure miss my radio. Why
don't you buy me and I'll be your CW operator in the Texas QSO Party.
I said "let me see what I can do." I went back in and asked the owner what
he wants for the dog.
"Ten dollars," the guy says.
"Ten dollars? This dog is amazing! Why on earth are you selling him so
"Because he's a liar. He never did any of that stuff. He's just a No Code
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